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1:35 AM ET, December 28, 2018

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Patrick Radden Keefe / New Yorker:
A profile of Mark Burnett, the Hollywood producer behind the TV hit “The Apprentice” which elevated Trump from a tabloid figure of fun to an icon of success  —  With “The Apprentice,” the TV producer mythologized Trump—then a floundering D-lister—as the ultimate titan, paving his way to the Presidency.
Max Read / New York Magazine:
Studies suggest that less than 60% of web traffic is human, with fake metrics, news, and bot-driven conversations and transactions, leading to falling trust  —  In late November, the Justice Department unsealed indictments against eight people accused of fleecing advertisers of $36 million …
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Over 1,400 pages of leaked Facebook content rules for moderators reveal gaps, biases, and errors as Facebook tries to distill complex issues into yes/no rules  —  Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users.  But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
MSNBC says it beat Fox News in key ratings and in total viewers for the first time in 17 years during the week of December 17-21  —  MSNBC beat out Fox News last week in key ratings for first time in 17 years, topping its competitor in total viewers for the first time since 2000, according to a news release from MSNBC.
Alex Marshall / New York Times:
Mat dos Santos / ACLU:
Mayor of Portland, OR invited select reporters to visit police command center based on “fair and consistent” coverage, required NDA; all invitees declined  —  After months of facing criticism for how Portland has been policing protests, the city's mayor and police bureau recently …
Jeff Jarvis / Whither news?:
What German media academics and journalists, including Mother Jones' CEO, are saying about the Der Spiegel scandal and the lessons to be learned  —  “Everyone who writes knows the seduction of the narrative.”  — Bernhard Pörksen in Die Zeit  —  The German journalism world …
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
A look at Speakr, a social media influencer management platform that some influencers say has failed to pay them, with trouble starting in late 2017  —  The agency Speakr set influencers up with brands for lucrative campaigns—and then stiffed them.  —  After rising to MySpace fame in the mid-aughts …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Lessons for journalists from 2018 and a look ahead: emphasis on subscriptions, possible newspaper chain consolidation, and regional news network experiments  —  We live in transgressive, new-Orwellian times.  Fact has been subverted by forces beyond our imagination, both newly minted and old school.
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Variety:
Movie theater revenue bounced back in 2018 after a slow 2017; one analyst says investors are skeptical of sustained gains amid Netflix and Amazon competition
Christian Shepherd / Reuters:
UK publisher Taylor and Francis has dropped more than 80 journals from its offerings to libraries in China at the Chinese government's request
Peter Jukes / Byline:
BBC's failure to adequately cover important stories like Brexit in the name of “balance” can turn it into a hostage to politics, rather than an observer of it
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Wall Street Journal:
While Western companies publicly condemned Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi killing, many have retained their relationships with the Kingdom, including Bloomberg
Austin Murphy / The Atlantic:
Austin Murphy, a former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, on switching from a career in journalism to working for Amazon delivering packages
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
An overview of journalism in 2018, from the revival of the LA Times to the horrific murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi